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EKKO PROXY 1.5

Ekko Proxy aka Echo Proxy is a Web Service Proxy service virtualization tool to monitor, record, playback and mock web services and JDBC database calls.

It supports virtualization of messaging protocols like JSON and SOAP over HTTP/HTTPS protocols as well as JDBC.

Every software developer should really have an Ekko Proxy tool in their toolbox given it provides many benefits such as:

  • Validate APIs / JDBC calls early in the project by recording requests and playing back recorded or mocked responses.
  • Run your application on the go without requiring network access to backend systems / databases.
  • Simulate a variety of responses to test hard to replicate scenarios or error conditions.
  • Minimize dependencies between service delivery teams allowing for a truly agile delivery model.
  • Load test applications or APIs without incurring potential costs associated with rate limits.
  • Increase development and testing time by reducing dependency on backend systems availability.
  • Integrate your application with dependent APIs or DBs before they are fully built.
  • Run various tools to compare, encode/decode, format, match, and hash data, validate / encode JWT tokens - all safely from your local machine or server without the inherent dangers of using similar online tools.
  • Save time by generating mocks automatically from HTTP requests, OpenAPI, Swagger or WSDL specifications.

Many service virtualization tools have a steep learning curve and can be cumbersome to setup. Ekko Proxy is not one of them - instead, using it's intuitive and simple UI, you can get setup and running in minutes.

There are many great features in Ekko Proxy - some of which are listed below:

  • Get up and running in minutes - no coding or complex setup required.
  • Create mock responses for API and DB calls with the Ekko Proxy WireMock Editor.
  • Record and playback requests and responses as they pass through Ekko Proxy.
  • View and compare requests or responses as they flow through Ekko Proxy instances.
  • Set delay ranges to simulate real response times for responses being played back.
  • Configure expressions to organise recorded requests and responses in subfolders so you can easily find them.
  • Configure expressions to normalize requests for better matching with recorded responses.
  • Drag & drop recorded HTTP requests to a proxy to fire them at the target server.
  • Easily view the contents of JWT tokens along with validating their signature or encode new ones.
  • View, manage, resend existing recorded requests from the recordings drawer.
  • Import / export proxy settings, recordings or mocks.
  • Generate mocks straight from HTTP requests or from OpenAPI, Swagger or WSDL definitions.

Ekko Proxy example with four running proxies:

Ekko proxy example with two running proxies

For detailed documentation, please see: Ekko Proxy Home Page.

New in Version 1.5

  • Added option to generate mocks from http requests / responses.
  • A new tool to generate mocks directly from OpenAPI / Swagger has been added.
  • A new tool to generate mocks directly from WSDL files has been added.
  • Spring boot actuator has been configured and HTTP metrics for proxies are now recorded.
  • Added suggestions for headers when configuring mocks.
  • Content encoding now supports deflate and br (Brotli) on some operative systems.
  • Delays are now supported for JDBC mocks.
  • Various minor fixes and UI updates.
  • Added log file viewer in About page.
  • Added charting of requests / responses.

Version 1.4 changes

  • Added a new database proxy type for JDBC connections. This allows you to view JDBC calls and record or mock their responses.
  • Added inline search in text areas with highlighting.
  • See the proxy settings for a proxy in a new information tooltip.
  • Fixed missing response headers when using forwarding.
  • You can now install license files via the UI.
  • Added command line option to specify corporate proxy settings for external connections.
  • You can now upload a SSL certificate for a proxy making it easier to manage when running on a remote server.
  • Added option to import / export Ekko Proxy settings, recordings and mocks via the UI.
  • New tools SQL formatting option.
  • When creating a Ekko proxy the ports for which existing settings already exist are displayed as a suggestion.

Install

Prerequisites: Java 8 or later.

To install Ekko Proxy simply clone or download the ekkoproxy jar to your machine or to a server.

Run

Ekko Proxy can be started using the command:

java -jar ekkoproxy-1.5.jar

This starts up the Ekko Proxy server and by default the Ekko Proxy UI can be accessed on http://localhost:4040 or http://<server>:4040 if installed on a server.

You can override application settings on the command line, as in the example below, that specifies which port Ekko Proxy should be accessible on:

java -jar ekkoproxy-1.5.jar -server.port=8080

Further details can be found on the Ekko Proxy Home Page.

Usage

Ekko Proxy is used by placing it in-between a client application and a server. The client is configured to connect to Ekko Proxy, and Ekko Proxy forwards, records or plays back the data from the server / database, depending on mode of operation, along-with providing easy access to view and compare the requests / responses etc. in its user interface.

Please see the Ekko Proxy Home Page homepage for the full usage documentation.

Bugs & Enhancements

Please use the github Issues tab to raise any bugs or enhancement requests.

License

CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 International, please see full license here: LICENSE.